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*This devotion was taken from the devotions Pastor Frankie wrote on Jesus' life and mailed to the children of EVNaz. These devotional books can be found at www.evnaz.org/kidsmatterministries.
"Then they came to Jericho. As Jesus and his disciples, together with a large crowd, were leaving the city, a blind man, Bartimaeus (which means “son of Timaeus”), was sitting by the roadside begging. When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout, 'Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!'
Many rebuked him and told him to be quiet, but he shouted all the more, 'Son of David, have mercy on me!'
Jesus stopped and said, 'Call him.'
So they called to the blind man, 'Cheer up! On your feet! He’s calling you.' Throwing his cloak aside, he jumped to his feet and came to Jesus.
'What do you want me to do for you?' Jesus asked him.
The blind man said, 'Rabbi, I want to see.'
'Go,' said Jesus, 'your faith has healed you.' Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus along the road.” Mark 10:46-52
Bartimaeus had a handicap. A handicap is when a person has something wrong with their body that prevents them from doing things that other people can do. Bartimaeus’ handicap was blindness.
Jesus was walking through a town called Jericho when He heard Bartimaeus call His name. Bartimaeus begged Jesus to have mercy on him. Others who heard the blind man shouting told him to be quiet. Instead of helping Bartimaeus find Jesus, they discouraged him, even though he was blind and helpless.
Bartimaeus wanted Jesus to cure his blindness. He believed that Jesus could heal him. Jesus said that because Bartimaeus had faith in Him, Bartimaeus would be able to see. The story tells us that immediately Bartimaeus could see.
Jesus showed love to Bartimaeus by healing him. We can show love to those who have handicaps by accepting them and being kind to them. 1 John 2:5-6 says, “But if anyone obeys his word, love for God[a] is truly made complete in them. This is how we know we are in him: 6 Whoever claims to live in him must live as Jesus did.” And 1 John 3:18 says “Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.”
Another story about showing love and acceptance to a handicapped person is found in 2 Samuel 9. King David showed kindness to Mephibosheth, his friend Jonathan’s son, even though he was crippled. David cared for him and allowed him to eat at his table every day.
Pray: Dear God, please help me show others that I am Your child by being kind to them. Remind me that I can do this by including others during playtime and by including someone who is left out. In Jesus name, Amen.
1. What was Bartimaeus’ handicap?
2. Do you know anyone who has a handicap?
3. How hard would it be to find someone if you were blind?
4. What did the people do when Bartimaeus needed help?
5. What could they have done to help Bartimaeus?
6. How can you love and accept someone with a handicap?
7. How should you not treat someone with a handicap?
8. How did Jesus show love to Bartimaeus?